Report: Giants in the Mix for Former Dodger Ricky Nolasco

Giants are in the mix of teams showing interest in former Dodgers pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

By Vince Cestone
|  Monday, Nov 18, 2013  |  Updated 10:15 PM PDT
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Report: Giants in the Mix for Former Dodger

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ricky Nolasco throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Dodgers and Giants may be trading places yet again.

Last season, former Giants closer Brian Wilson jumped ship to Los Angeles, and now it looks like the Giants are looking to return the favor by taking a player from L.A.

According to a tweet by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, The Giants have offered former Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitcher Ricky Nolasco a three-year contract.

But Comcast SportsNet has a source that disputes the contract offer.

Nolasco has not been in L.A. long. He was acquired by the Dodgers from the Miami Marlins in July to bolster their rotation. He was helpful for Los Angeles, going 8-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 15 starts.

The Giants are not the only team interested.

Nolasco's agent told Yahoo Sports Thursday that his client already has been offered multiple four-year deals. Among the teams that have kicked the tires on the righty include the Twins and  Padres, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Four years might not even be enough to get Nolasco, who is believed to be seeking a five-year, $80 million deal, according to Rotoworld.com

San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman tweeted Saturday the Giants aren't willing to give the four years. The Giants have been known to offer pitchers short-term contracts at a higher dollar value, like Tim Lincecum's two-year, $35 million deal last month.

Nolasco pitches well at AT&T Park--owning a 4-1 record with a 2.55 ERA when on the mound in San Francisco.

Nolasco, an eight-year veteran, has a career 89-75 record, with a 4.37 ERA.

Nolasco would help the Giants round out the bottom of their rotation. The Giants have said that starting pitching is their top priority this offseason, and as of now, they only have Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, and Matt Cain with guaranteed rotation spots in 2014.

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